Bushfoods & Bush Medicine

While we live in Gawler, most of our knowledge and experience with bushfoods comes from our Ngarrindjeri friends way down South on the Coorong.

For that, I’m indebted to Uncles Neville Gollan, George and Tom Trevorrow who shared their knowledge freely on many a walk and chat around the campfire. Sadly, they’re all deceased now. What I do know about the local plants from a Kaurna perspective has been shared with me by Aunties Cherie Watkins and Veronica Brodie. Another great source of knowledge and inspiration has been our friend and ecologist extraordinaire Joan Gibbs, who taught me how to see the bush more clearly.

To their knowledge, I can add to information that I’ve followed up on, academically, by looking at both old writings from explorers, priests, anthropologists and their ilk.

We’re always learning about our botanic community, taking new pics and meeting folks who know a lot more than we do, so keep checking your favourite plants on these pages. There’s always more to come!

Flowering times are approximate. Plants don’t take a lot of notice of calendars and the changes in our climate are mixing things up a bit. The times we’ve given are from our own experience.

You can learn more about useful wild plants on these pages –

Plants in the Wild

Other Useful Garden Plants

DIanella revoluta

Black Anther Flax Lily

Bind Weed Convulvulus

Bind Weed

Myoporum insulare


Tetragonia implexicoma

Bower Spinach (Sea Spinach)

Chocolate lily

Cypress Pine

Exocarpus syrticola

Coast Ballart

Leucopogon parviflorus

Coastal Bearded Heath

Male Coast Saltbush flowers

Coast Saltbush


Drooping Sheoak

Wurmbea dioica

Early Nancy

Flame Heath

Fan Flowers

Salicornia sp

Glassworts and Samphires

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Ice Plants

A ripe Kangaroo Apple

Kangaroo Apple

Bulbine bulbosa


Rhagodia parabolica

Mealy Saltbush

Burchardia umbellata


Mistletoe berries


Kunzea pomifera


Marsilea drummondii


Pittiosporum phylliraeoides

Native Apricot

Native Cherry

Acrotriche depressa

Native Currant

Cut leaf mint

Native Mints

Clematis microphylla

Old Man’s Beard

Carprobrotus rossii


Delicious Quondong fruit



River Red Gum

Disphyma crassifolium

Round-leaved Pigface

Ruby Saltbush

Nitraria billardieri

Salty Grapes (Nitre Bush)

Seaberry Saltbush

Seaberry Saltbush

Cakile sp

Sea Rocket



Cassytha pubescens


Dodonaea viscosa

Sticky Hop Bush

Sundew Drosera auriculata


Billardiera cymosa

Sweet Appleberry


Tea Trees

Acacia gum

Tree Gums

nz spinach

Warrigal Greens (New Zealand Spinach)

Water Ribbons

Yakkss (Grass Trees)